Strange case of the missing jacket

A first-grade teacher in Hillsboro, Oregon faces trial on charges of stealing a child’s jacket and selling it on eBay. A third-grade girl took off her new ski jacket and gloves during recess. When she went to retrieve her things, the gloves were there but the jacket was gone.

Two days after the coat disappeared, the girl and her mother blanketed the school with fliers showing a photo of her wearing it. For days, they searched classrooms, checked the school’s lost-and-found boxes, asked teachers and staff whether anyone had seen the jacket.

The mother also checked eBay, where she spotted an identical jacket that had been posted for sale the day after her daughter’s jacket vanished. The seller turned out to be a Jackson Elementary teacher, Elizabeth Logan, 41. The day the mother made an appointment to tell the principal, the jacket reappeared at school, ripped to shreds. Logan says she took the jacket from the lost-and-found box and that her dog destroyed it.

Logan has taught at the school for nine years. Before she went on leave, she was earning nearly $69,000 a year.

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  1. “$69,000 a year”!!!

    Thats the real story…

  2. That jacket must have been worth a lot of money. I can’t imagine sending a six year old to school with something that I couldn’t afford to lose.

    What a bizarre way for a teacher to act. I wonder what other sorts of things have gone missing in that school.

  3. Doh, the student was a third grader and the teacher was a first grade teacher. Got my facts turned around.

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I wonder if she was teaching in Palo Alto when my son was in school. We used to buy job lots of second hand coats for him.

  5. 69K doesn’t seem too high for a teacher that has taught for 20 years. I tend to be critical of education, but this seems unfair to the teacher. There’s no proof and she’s been removed from class. It is offensive to make school a fashion show and schools should not be held liable for kids loosing their ‘stuff’. My son had his coat stolen and I went to the kids parents and they gave it back, no big deal. Kids are immature, I suspect another kid actually took the jacket.

  6. eduranter says:

    She was arrested. I can’t imagine the police arresting her if there wasn’t serious evidence. If my kid’s teacher is under arrest, I really don’t think I want her in the classroom.

  7. Sigivald says:

    swp: Note that the teacher admitted to taking the jacket from lost-and-found, to sell.

    That’s theft right there, is it not?

    Lost-and-found boxes are not “take what you want and sell it” boxes.

    If some other kid took it first and put it in lost-and-found, that doesn’t change anything – the teacher still stole it from there to sell it. That she didn’t take it directly from where the kid put it is irrelevant to her misbehaviour.

    The very idea of taking property from the lost-and-found pile* and selling it is disgraceful.

    * (At least, so quickly. Something that has been in the pile for six months with nobody looking for it is another matter – that’s pretty much abandoned.

    But selling it the next day? Inexcusable.)

  8. Gee, sorry I didn’t read the article carefully enough. I agree, inexcusable.

  9. Margaret says:

    A followup story today tells of parents angry over lack of proper notification. There are counselors for the children – including a mock trial to help kids understand what their teacher might go through. And talk of new policies and training with regard to lost-and-found items – ’cause without policies and training no one would know that items in the lost-and-found aren’t free for the taking.

  10. Here’s what appears to be the follow-up. Lots of ‘feelings’ and ‘healing’.

  11. Hillsboro says:

    The district faithfully followed its own policy and the law in dealing with Ms. Logan. There was no “mock trial.” Those words were never uttered by the counselor or any other directly involved school employee, although a counselor was available to work with children who felt uneasy. (A lot of the uneasiness can be traced to indiscreet remarks by parents at the dinner table, in my opinion. 1st graders are typically very resilient and go with the flow.)

  12. I’m sure an eight year old girl would never lie to her Mother out of fear. News flash! there are a lot of crazy parents out there. Thier children are perfect just as they are. Trash a great teachers life over this? enjoy your old fashion stone throwing.

  13. I think Ms. Gump said it best-“Stupid is as stupid does!!”